Root Canals

Root Canals Explained

A root canal is a procedure performed to save a tooth that has been compromised due to deep decay, damage or trauma. Root canal treatment is often recommended because your tooth cannot heal itself, and the only other option is extraction. It is a procedure done to save the damaged or dead pulp in the root canal of the tooth. With a success rate of around 90 to 98 percent, a root canal treatment may save your tooth.

What to Expect

A root canal treatment does not feel much different from getting a dental filling. After greeting you and reviewing your dental history, the dentist numbs your tooth and gum so you won’t feel anything during the procedure. After the root canal treatment, your jaw may be a little tender or sore, but the procedure itself does not hurt after the numbing agent is administered. Be sure to follow up with any recommended treatment after your root canal therapy, such as a dental crown to protect the tooth.

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